Sept. 19, 2013
Loyola Chicago Ramblers
Date: Friday, September 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Loyola Soccer Park, Chicago, Ill.
Live Stats: LoyolaRamblers.com
The Ramblers (2-3-3) come into this match against the Huskies after beating Eastern Illinois by a 3-0 final. For LUC, the win ended a stretch of five games in which the team did not record a win. Head Coach Barry Bimbi is at the helm for the Ramblers for a third year. In his first two seasons at head coach, Bimbi helped to improve the team from a 6-10-3 record in his first year to an 8-9-3 record in his second year.
THE GONYO TWINS
Goalkeeper Monica Gonyo and her sister Valerie Gonyo are two of the Ramblers’ best players. Monica Gonyo has held opponents to one or fewer goals in regulation for five of the team’s eight games played this season, including two shutouts. On the other side, Valerie Gonyo isn’t shy about shooting. She leads the squad in shots attempted at 15 so far this season.
NIU holds a 6-4-1 all-time record against the Ramblers. The Huskies have won each of the two previous meetings, not allowing a goal in either game. NIU outscored LUC 5-0 in those matches.
LAST TIME ON HUSKIES WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies had two matches last weekend, going 0-1-1. On Friday, September 13. NIU fell to Green Bay by a 1-0 final. A late header from the opposing Phoenix sent NIU home with its fourth loss of the season. On Sunday, September 15, the Huskies returned home to face the Western Illinois Leathernecks. That one went to double overtime, ending in a tie.
THE END OF NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
FRANKENBERG’S SCORING IS A PLUS
The game against the Ramblers will be the Huskies’ final game before beginning play exclusively against MAC opponents. NIU currently holds the second best non-conference record of all MAC teams, trailing only Ball State, who sits at 5-2-0 on the season.
In the last six matches that Cori Frankenberg
has scored in, the Huskies have not recorded a loss. Dating back to last season, NIU is 5-0-1 in such affars. In those games, the Appleton, Wis. native has five game-winning goals to her credit in addition to one equalizer. Frankenberg currently has two goals on the season and leads the team in shots fired at 13.
SHARING THE SUGAR
The Huskies have scored nine goals so far this season. Those nine goals are spread among seven different players, including Frankenberg, Nicole Gobbo, Jess Wooldridge, Lauren Noonan, Sara Spaulding, Alex Elias, and Frances Boukidis. Not only are the scores spread around, the opportunities are as well. 17 different Huskies have attempted shot so far this season.
SECOND SEASON FROM ROSS
Head Coach John Ross helped to create an impressive turnaround for the Huskies from 2011 to 2012. He took a squad that won just two games in 2011 and made such an influence that they went 8-9-2 in 2012, including a positive goal differential (+1). This was the first time since 2007 that the team had accomplished such a feat.
NEXT TIME FOR WOMEN'S SOCCER
The Huskies have just the lone game this weekend after three straight previous weekends with two games to play. Next weekend, they’ll play Eastern Michigan on Friday, September 27 and Western Michigan on Sunday, September 29. Both of these games will be the first two of MAC play.